BC Chapter and Allies Call for Comprehensive Change to Beetle Logging Policy
The B.C. government's logging policy in forests attacked by the mountain pine beetle is harming the environment and will create long-term job loss, says a groundbreaking study by environmental groups and woodworking unions. Read the joint press release.
The study warns of severe climate change impacts and worsening prospects for workers and communities should current logging practices continue in the affected forests. Left unchecked, the current practices also threaten key wildlife species such as mountain caribou.
The study proposes five practical solutions to the current crisis.
Keeping Alberta Nuclear-Free
The Sierra Club of Canada, Prairie Chapter has been working with residents of Peace River and Whitecourt, AB, to support them as they struggle to keep Alberta nuclear free. Energy Alberta Inc. has proposed sites at both towns and is campaigning for the use of nuclear power as a solution to global warming. Sierra Prairie is working with residents to highlight the harmful aspects of nuclear - radioactive waste, destructive uranium mining and transport, and the detrimental health effects of radioactive materials on humans.
The Prairie Chapter has compiled a factsheet about nuclear that can be found at www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/nuclear.htm, and urges you to contact Premier Stelmach to demand that Alberta turn down the application to build a nuclear power plant.
Amelia Clarke and SYC shine at sustainability conference
For 3 days in June, the University of Sherbrooke was the host of an international conference on the applications of sustainable development (SD). Our own expert on SD, Amelia Clarke, ex-president of SCC Board, shared the panel of the Gala night featuring a speech by Ms. Brundtland on a video with Harvey Mead, the new Quebec Commissionner to sustainable development, and others. At the end of the conference, Mr. Mead came back to present his notes on the conference as closing remarks. He was specially impressed by comments made by Maryève Charlante-Lallier, the new Quebec SYC co-ordinator, and her volunteer work as a moderator.
From l. to r. : Amelia Clarke, Claude Martel, Maryève Charland-Lallier,
Mélanie MacDonald, and Harvey Mead.
Annual SCQ Picnic
On Sunday August 12, bring your family and friends, bring your basket and come share a picnic with us! This get-together will be happening at noon at Lafontaine Park in front of the Théâtre de la Verdure gates.
The Sierra Youth Coalition is hosting another one of their infamous Youth Action Gatherings
August 20-24, 2007
MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre
This gathering is for enthusiastic youth ages 14 -19, who are interested in finding out the real deal behind many of the pertinent issues of our generation and generations to come. The gathering serves to raise awareness, as well as provide viable solutions and easy to implement action plans for youth in there community.
More information is available here.